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Neighbourhood planning

Find out about neighbourhood planning areas in the Moorlands and how to get involved with them

Neighbourhood planning enables members of a local community to take forward planning proposals for the neighbourhood in which they live. Neighbourhood Development Plans are voluntary local planning policy documents that are written and developed by a community, usually led by a town or parish council.

Once a neighbourhood plan is made and adopted, it will form part of the Development Plan for Staffordshire Moorlands. This means that it will become a main consideration within the local planning system.

How to get involved

We can offer the following assistance to help you produce a neighbourhood plan:

  • advice and guidance, including an initial meeting to explain the process
  • provision of local maps 
  • specialist technical advice, offering a 'critical friend' role throughout the drafting of the plan
  • assistance with consultation and publicity programmes

Where are the Neighbourhood Planning Areas in the Moorlands?

SMDC Neighbourhood Plan Areas July 2018 [845KB]

Name of Designated Neighbourhood Area: Leekfrith
Date of Designation: 24 March 2015  (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council) and 13 March 2015  (Peak District National Park Authority)
Relevant body: Leekfrith Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated in March 2015.

The Draft Plan was consulted on between 31 January - 21 March 2018. 

  Leekfrith Neighbourhood Area Map [3MB]

View more on the Leekfrith Neighbourhood Plan

Name of Designated Neighbourhood Area: Biddulph
Date of Designation: 16 February 2016
Relevant body: Biddulph Town Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated in February 2016.

  Biddulph Town Council application letter [107KB]   Biddulph Neighbourhood Plan Area [1MB]

View more about the Biddulph Neighbourhood Plan

Name of Designated Neighbourhood Area: Brown Edge
Date of Designation: 16 February 2016
Relevant body: Brown Edge Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated in February 2016. For further information please see the Brown Edge Neighbourhood Plan

  Brown Edge Parish Council application letter [87KB]   Brown Edge Neighbourhood Plan Area [1MB]

Name of Designated Neighbourhood Area: Checkley
Date of Designation: 16 February 2016
Relevant body: Checkley Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated in February 2016.

  Checkley Parish Council application letter [71KB]   Checkley Neighbourhood Plan Area [2MB]

View more on the Checkley Neighbourhood Plan

Name of proposed designated Neighbourhood Area: Draycott in the Moors
Date of Designation: 19 July 2016
Relevant Body: Draycott in the Moors Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Area was designated on 19 July 2016

  Draycott-in-the Moors Neighbourhood Area Map [1MB]  

View more on the Draycott Neighbourhood Plan

Name of designated Neighbourhood Area: Rushton
Date of Designation: 14 February 2017
Relevant Body: Rushton Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Area was designated on 14 February 2017

Rushton Neighbourhood Plan Area Designation and Application Letter [685KB]

Name of designated Neighbourhood Area: Forsbrook
Date of Designation: 11 April 2018
Relevant Body: Forsbrook Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Area was designated on 11 April 2018

Forsbrook Parish Council application letter [46KB]   Forsbrook Neighbourhood Plan Map [2MB]

Further Information

Name of designated Neighbourhood Area: Leek
Date of Designation: 20 July 2018
Relevant Body: Leek Town Council
Progress: A volunteer steering group has been formed and community consultation undertaken.

Leek Neighbourhood Area Map [3MB]

Leek Neighbourhood Area Letter of Application [507KB]

Find out more about the Leek Neighbourhood Plan

Parish Councils

Parish and town councils should contact us for advice if interested in neighbourhood planning.

forward.plans@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk